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If you struggle to maintain consistently good oral hygiene practices, you are likely to suffer from hardened tartar buildup near the gumline. Not only can this increase plaque acids and promote tooth decay, it can also have a profound, negative impact on the health of your gums and other periodontal tissues.

If you also have a nasty habit of putting off your routine dental checkups with Dr. Imeni, you could be increasingly prone to suffering from gum disease.

Without professional treatment and basic oral hygiene improvements, the gum inflammation of gingivitis could escalate into a far more serious periodontal health problem.

As your gum tissues start to recede from periodontitis, small pockets of infected material can start to accumulate near the roots of your teeth. This can gradually compromise multiple teeth and even start to deplete the once healthy bone structure in your mouth. In time, you could start to suffer the loss of one or multiple teeth.

Some of the other ancillary symptoms of chronic periodontitis, such as systemic inflammation, can also affect existing medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and an increased risk of suffering a stroke.

To learn more and to schedule a visit with our dentist in Durham, North Carolina, contact Smile Design - Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at 919-220-5505 today.